Bringing a beach to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and bolstering community safety are City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler’s key considerations as he campaigns for a second mayoral term.
Mr Bowler announced yesterday he will stand at next October’s local government elections after serving the past three years as mayor.
Speaking to the Kalgoorlie Miner yesterday, Mr Bowler said he would like to up the ante on the fight against drug and alcohol abuse by extending the Goldfields trial of the cashless welfare card to include long-term visitors to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“If someone comes here or is here and has been here for many weeks, to me they are here and regardless of where they come from, they should then go onto the cashless card,” Mr Bowler said.
“It is wrong that some people can come here from out of town with a total 100 per cent cash component and abuse themselves and that then flows on and impacts the community.
Mr Bowler said he had “no doubt” he would lose votes for leading the charge to extend the trial to include out-of-towners on the card, but he was standing by his principles.
“Those who abuse themselves and their families by excessive use of alcohol and drugs are affected and they will probably complain and some of them will vote against me if there is an election,” Mr Bowler said.
“But I stand by it.
“It was something I felt will be good for us and I will campaign on it.
“If that upsets them, then once again, so be it.”
Mr Bowler said Kalgoorlie-Boulder was the best place to raise a family with the one negative; it was a long way from the ocean so the only solution was to build a beach.
“All I think of is back to the 1930s in the midst of the Depression, the then town of Kalgoorlie decided to build Australia’s best swimming pool,” he said.
“All my life I have heard people say, people who even leave Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the end say, ‘best years of life, best place in the world, the only thing it doesn’t have is a beach’.
“We can’t take Kalgoorlie-Boulder to a beach, so let’s take a beach to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
Mr Bowler said it had been a tremendous honour to lead the council over the last three years and being mayor of his hometown was his dream job.